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GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

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Sounds as if Metrolinx is preparing for a fourth serviceable track at Bramalea? The south platform is already connected to the south parking lot by way of a surface crossing over a disused industrial spur. Reactivating and upgrading that spur track for passenger service and extending it along the platform towards the Weston Sub would require a grade separated connection to the south parking lot.

So it it’s interesting news.
 

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Announcement of a previous announcement? Taking credit for an announcement of a previous government? A new announcement?
There was a post above noting the RQQ for station work in Bramalea. Could be that - though pretty underwhelming.
 
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There’s a lot of projects this could be for: the LRT extension to Downtown Brampton (though unlikely), the announcement of weekend rail service on the Kitchener Line (somewhat more likely), funding towards for the Downtown Transit Hub (which is necessary for the third track through Downtown Brampton, along with bidirectional peak service to Kitchener), the new 3rd Brampton Transit garage, the Queen BRT project, or Highway 413-related.

But with Ford and Mulroney showing up on a Wednesday, it’s an announcement that they want publicity for.
 

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Or it could be Bramalea station being named after the Sheridan College Hazel McCallion campus, since we all know how infatuated Doug and Hazel are with one another ;)

Which would be funny because there is a Sheridan College campus already named for the wicked witch of the West, for which several GO stations are closer to, and about as bad as the Oshawa renaming.
 

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Hopefully they go to Bramalea GO rather than Brampton GO, to announce the restoration of reverse peak service that doesn't go to Brampton GO. :)

I suppose they could be rolling both Bramalea announcements together.
 

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Almost certainly Highway 413. Don't get your hopes up.
I think @ARG1 is right on the money: my bet is that it’s a Highway 413 announcement.

There’s no big transit project in the offing that pulls out both the Premier and Minister Mulroney (she’s basically MIA anyways). The talking points will be congestion, plus I’m sure he’ll talk about opening up land for building and driving down house prices.
 

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Hmmm.....


It's not GO construction related or project related. It's this.

We'll see if transit comes up in the Q and A. It's live now.

NEWS RELEASE

Ontario Flowing More Funding for Municipal Transit​

Support will help municipalities deliver safe and reliable transit for riders across Ontario
December 07, 2022
Premier's Office
BRAMPTON – The Ontario government is providing municipalities with up to $505 million to help ensure municipal transit systems can continue to deliver safe and reliable transit services. The funding is being delivered through Phase 4 of the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement.

“As we continue to build Ontario, our government is stepping up and investing historic amounts in municipalities, including public transit,” said Premier Doug Ford. “This additional funding will help deliver safe and reliable public transit for local communities both now and into the future.”

Phase 4 of the Safe Restart Agreement will help municipal transit systems address costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic between February 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. Municipalities will be able to use their funding allocations to cover revenue losses, operating expenses, and provincial transit priority projects, including fare and service integration and On-Demand transit.

“Ontario has been a leader in supporting its municipal partners and we will continue to champion their needs along with transit users across the province,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “This funding, on top of what has already been provided, will help ensure reliable transportation options are available for everyone, whether you’re going to work, school or the grocery store.”

This funding builds on the more than $2 billion in dedicated funding for municipal transit systems that the Ontario government, in conjunction with the federal government, has provided since 2020 to help transit systems across the province respond to the impact of COVID-19.

"Our government will always be there for Canadians. Throughout the pandemic, countless essential workers relied on public transit to get to work and this funding will help ensure transit operators can continue to offer them and their communities a reliable service," said Jennifer O'Connell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.

Quick Facts​

  • 107 municipalities across Ontario have been allocated funding through Phase 4 of the Safe Restart Agreement.
  • Allocations for Phase 4 of SRA funding include a base amount of $5,000 plus a remaining allocation amount based on actual impacts reported through the first three phases of SRA funding.
  • The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, has made up to $4 billion in one-time emergency assistance available to Ontario municipalities as part of the Safe Restart Agreement (SRA) since 2020. This funding includes over $2 billion already provided to municipalities to support public transit across the province.

Additional Resources​

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19.
 

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